Basketball Australia confirmed at practice yesterday Xavier Cooks has withdrawn from the Australian Boomers World Cup team due to injury.
Australian team doctor Dr Brendon Aubrey said: “Xavier sustained a knee injury during practice yesterday. Unfortunately further investigations revealed the injury would not allow him to compete at the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup and the medical staff have recommended he seek further opinion on the injury.”
Mitch Creek will replace Xavier Cooks in the team. Creek will play in the Australia v Canada Basketball games tonight, Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17.
Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said: “I know how much it means for Mitch to play for the Boomers and represent his country. In yet another example of how fortunate we are to have the wonderful people we have involved in this program. When I spoke with Mitch about the opportunity to come in and join the team, I asked him if he still felt the passion to do so after the disappointment of last week – his answer was ‘of course, without question, I’m in’.
“As in life, sport presents moments of joy and disappointment. I’m really pleased for Mitch that after all he has given to the Boomers program over the years that he now gets an opportunity to compete at the World Cup. It is just reward for him and we all look forward to the contribution he will make to the team.”
The Australian Boomers warm-up schedule ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
August 16: Boomers vs. Canada Basketball at RAC Arena in Perth. Tickets available via Ticketek
August 17: Boomers vs. Canada Basketball at RAC Arena in Perth. Tickets available via Ticketek
August 22: Boomers vs. USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Tickets available via Ticketmaster
August 24: Boomers vs. USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Tickets available via Ticketmaster
The Australian Boomers schedule for the 2019 FIBA World Cup: (All times AEST)
September 1: Boomers vs. Canada, 5:30pm
September 3: Boomers vs. Senegal, 5:30pm
September 5: Boomers vs. Lithuania, 9:30pm
September 7 & 9: Round of 16
September 10 & 11: Quarter-Finals
September 13: Semi-Finals
September 15: Medal Games